‘We Have a Lot of Love’: Couple Adopts Two Sets of Twins to Keep Family Together
Karen and Tobias Thompson from Cincinnati, Ohio adopted 14-year old twins Wilnya and William and 9-year-old twins Shania and Sharleathea on the same day. The couple, both 55, had been caring for William and Wilnya, who are Karen’s twin nephew and niece, since 2015.
Approximately one year later, the Thompsons started fostering William and Wilnya’s half-sisters, who are also twins. “We had an empty house, an empty nest, and then we ended up with the four,” Karen told Fox News.
The Thompsons got married in 2014 and already had seven children from previous marriages, who are all adults now. The couple also has 28 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
“There’s never been a dull moment. But my grandkids, I can send them back home,” said Karen. “Now that we have our own kids again and are raising them together, it’s a good thing, but it’s a challenge, too.”
The Thompsons heard about William and Wilnya having trouble at home in 2015, so they took them in. Not long after, Shania and Sharleathea were in the foster system and constantly being moved around, so the Thompsons let them come visit.
“They didn’t want to go home, back to the other foster home,” said Karen. Tobias suggested they become foster parents so they could care for all four siblings. “They’re family, so we might as well keep them together,” said Karen.
Over the past several years, Karen says there have been many challenges, but the children have made a lot of progress. “You can see the difference,” Karen said. “They have been through a lot… this is the light at the end of the tunnel.”
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